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with pyongyang. the negotiations have been stalled for more than four years. a chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said wu has been invited by his u.s. counterpart, special representative for north korea policy glen davies. the spokesperson said their discussions will focus on maintaining peace and stability on the korean peninsula and keeping it free of nuclear weapons. chinese diplomatic sources say wu is expected to stay in washington from sunday through wednesday. >>> so what do members of the obama administration hope the chinese will do? we asked the director of the brookings institution center for northeast asian policy studies, richard bush. >> china is sometimes able to use its influence to get north korea to the negotiating table. it is less able to use influence to shape north korea's negotiating position, and that's the problem. north korea's goals here and its negotiating stance are dimetrically opposed to those of the united states, japan, and south korea. so the question that ambassador davies will probably be asking ambassador wu is, what evidence is there that north k
with this policy. >>> japanese diplomats have been working with their counterparts from south korea and china to deal with threats from north korea. but territorial disputes and historical issues are getting in the way. south korea's foreign minister canceled a trip to tokyo after japanese cabinet ministers visited a shrine honoring japan's war dead. he wanted to discuss the north korean issue and lay the groundwork for an annual three-country summit. but over the weekend the japanese cabinet ministers paid separate visits to the shrine for its spring festival. prime minister shinzo abe sent an offering. the shrine in tokyo honors japan's war dead including some who are convicted of war crimes. officials with the south korean foreign ministry expressed deep concern and regret in a statement. they urged the japanese government to correctly recognize history and take responsible action. japan's chief cabinet secretary yoshihide suga says the ministers visited the shrine as private citizens. >> translator: every country has a different position. it should not affect bilateral diplomacy. >> as ja
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